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  1. News - Asia - SECURITY

    Japan to pledges US$1b for Sahel security, stabilisation

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 01:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Yokohoma, Japan

    ... Agence France-Presse in Yokohoma, Japan Japan said Sunday it would give US$1 billion in aid to help stabilise the Islamist-infested Sahel region of Africa, months after the deaths of 10 ... of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. “Japan will provide 100 billion yen (US$1 billion) in assistance over five years for the development and stability of the Sahel,” Abe told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1251985/japan-pledges-us1b-sahel-security-stabilisation
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Xi Jinping's 'Asia for Asians' mantra evokes imperial Japan

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:24am by CURTIS CHIN

    ... Curtis Chin Curtis Chin is wary of China's challenge to the region's security status quo Xi's 'Asia for Asians' mantra evokes expansionist Japan A small ... and images, a very modern, troubling question comes to mind: Does "New China" equal "Old Japan"? Or, more pointedly, does China risk becoming the Japan of some seven decades past, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1553414/xi-jinpings-asia-asians-mantra-evokes-imperial-japan
  3. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Japan's military shift is 'what an ally should naturally do', defence minister says

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 06:06am by AFP, KYODO

    ... Agencies in Washington Defence minister receives warm reception from US counterpart, who calls reinterpretation of constitution 'bold, historic, landmark decision' Japan's military shift 'what ally should do' Japan's new policy on military action would allow its forces to come to the aid of a US naval ship under attack, Tokyo's defence minister ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552940/japans-military-shift-what-ally-should-naturally-do-defence-minister-says
  4. News - Asia

    Japan firm obliges Filipino workers to waive its responsibility for deaths

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 09:39am by AFP

    ... in Japan, the statement obtained by Kyodo News showed Saturday. ”...in case of loss of life of the undersigned through natural circumstances while in Japan, I release, waive and forever discharge ... 13 facilities in Osaka and Nara prefectures in western Japan. It started hiring Filipino women around 2009. According to Filipino women and documents regarding their contracts, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1553177/japan-firm-obliges-filipino-women-waive-its-responsibility-deaths
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan able to aid US ships under attack: minister

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 01:25pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse The new policy allows Japan to assist its allies more efficiently, says Itsunori Onodera Japan’s new policy on military action would allow its forces to come ... government’s controversial decision to ease decades-long restrictions on the country’s military. If US warships were sent to defend Japan, and those ships were attacked, the Japanese “constitution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552685/japan-able-aid-us-ships-under-attack-minister
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan protests to South Korean hotel over cancellation of military reception

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:10pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Japan protests overSeoul hotel cancellation Japan's government has complained to a hotel in Seoul after it cancelled a reception planned for yesterday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Japan's self-defence forces. The Lotte hotel decided not to host the event because there were fears protests could erupt near the venue during ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552285/japan-protests-south-korean-hotel-over-cancellation-military-reception
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Quake measuring 6.8 causes small tsunami on Japan's northeastern shores

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 02:04pm by AFP

    ... an earthquake that struck near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant yesterday was an aftershock of the quake that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami along the country's northeast ... two hours later. Seismologist Yasuhiro Yoshida of the Japan Meteorological Agency said it was a delayed tectonic reaction to the 9.0-magnitude quake that caused reactors to melt down ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552694/quake-measuring-68-causes-small-tsunami-japans-northeastern-shores
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s military shift challenged in court by ex-civil servant

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:14pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Ex-civil servant files action against Tokyo's move to reinterpret its war-renouncing constitution Court challenge to wider role forJapan's military ... the move violated Japan's pacifist constitution, prompting his writ, believed to be the first such action. "I hope other Japanese people will follow suit and file legal actions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552281/japans-military-shift-challenged-court-ex-civil-servant
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Led by Abe, Japan turns its back on a ground-breaking path of renunciation

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 12:44pm by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Kevin Rafferty says the constitutional reinterpretation extending its military reach is disappointing Led by Abe, Japan turns its back on a radical path of renunciation Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was as good as his word and has pushed through a controversial "reinterpretation" of Japan's so-called peace constitution without the bother ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1551826/led-abe-japan-turns-its-back-ground-breaking-path-renunciation
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Typhoon Neoguri heads east after hitting Japan’s Kyushu region

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:45am by Associated Press in Kyodo

    ... Associated Press in Kyodo Typhoon predicted to be the strongest to strike Japan in decades to be downgraded to extratropical cyclone status on Friday afternoon after battering southern regions Heavy rain continued to hit wide areas of Japan and affected traffic on Thursday due to typhoon Neoguri making landfall on the southernmost main island of Kyushu earlier in the day before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551746/typhoon-neoguri-heads-east-after-hitting-japans-kyushu-region

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